Prep basketball: Title races down to final week

Published 11:03 am Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Most of the high school basketball district races in Southwest Louisiana will be settled this week.

Of 18 area districts, only two titles are locked up. The Singer boys (10-13, 6-1) are the champions in District 4-C, while the Lake Arthur girls secured the 5-2A championship with two games left and are on a 13-game winning streak.

The girls regular season ends on Saturday while the boys finish on Feb. 17.

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District 3-3A

Iowa (24-4, 5-0) can take the outright district title with a win over St. Louis Catholic (14-9, 2-2) today.

Lake Charles College Prep would need to win its last two district games over Jennings (14-11, 2-2) and Kinder (9-21, 0-4 and have Iowa lose today to force another shared title.


Vinton (17-5, 6-2) owns a one-game lead on Welsh (13-11, 5-3) and Lake Arthur (12-11, 5-3) but must face both this week. Vinton travels to Welsh today and hosts Lake Arthur on Friday. The first time around, Vinton slipped by Welsh 68-64 and beat Lake Arthur 66-55 on the road.


Hamilton Christian has found its groove since the new year began, winning nine of their last 10. With a seven-game win streak, the Warriors can wrap up the title with two must win games against the next two teams in the district. They host East Beauregard (9-13, 4-1) tonight and travel to Merryville (13-12, 3-1) on Friday.


Lacassine has a chance to avenge its lone district loss and win a share of the district championship, but the Cardinals first have to get through Midland (15-12, 3-4) today. Lacassine beat Midland 83-78 on Jan. 19, and will travel to J.S. Clark, which beat Lacassine 59-56 on Jan. 23 on Friday.


Four teams have a chance at the district title. Fairview (11-16, 1-1) and Reeves (12-15, 1-1), who play each other today at Fairview, would need to win out to claim the title. Fairview travels to Plainview (16-12, 2-1) on Friday, while Reeves hosts Northside Christian on Friday (9-19, 0-2).



LaGrange and Leesville will play for the title tonight in Lake Charles. LaGrange (18-7, 4-0) has won four consecutive games since a 10-point loss to select Division II No. 1 Lafayette Christian on Jan. 12, while the Wampus Cats (20-9, 4-0) have won nine of their last 10.


South Beauregard (22-7, 5-0) have the shortest path to the title. The Lady K’s have an 11-game win streak and need to win a top-four showdown at home Friday against Westlake to take the title. Westlake (21-4, 4-0) needs to beat Kinder (13-12, 0-4) tonight and the Lady K’s to take the trophy.


Presuming both teams win tonight, Friday’s second meeting between defending state championships will settle the title. Rosepine (25-5, 8-0) beat Oakdale (23-6, 7-1) 75-71 in double overtime in the first meeting on Jan. 23. An Oakdale win would force a split title.


East Beauregard (17-11, 5-0) needs to cool down a hot Hamilton Christian (21-5, 4-0) team in Lake Charles today to win its second consecutive title, while the Warriors, winners of 11 straight, need to beat the Trojans and beat Merryville (18-11, 3-1) on the road Friday to spoil the Trojans’ repeat bid.


If Singer (10-13, 6-1) and Starks (15-7, 5-1) win their remaining district games this week, they will share the title. They split in the two meetings with each winning at home by double digits.


Fairview (26-7, 2-0), the No. 2 team in nonselect Division V, can win the title with wins over Reeves (11-15, 1-1) and Plainview (15-16, 3-0).